Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Significant and plausible technological breakthroughs for the future of space travel are formulated based on cutting-edge technologies and ideas, then sent for assessment by two Delphi-type panels: one of "experts" including NASA employees, academics and enthusiasts and one of cognitively-known WPI alumni. The results show the most likely and significant potential breakthroughs within the next 25-50 years. These breakthroughs will be used to form portrayals of alternative futures in space to be assessed by the panelists in later rounds of the study.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies